Flock >> >> >> A shepherd was tending his flock in a remote pasture >> when suddenly a brand-new Jeep Cherokee appeared out >> of a dust cloud, advanced toward him and stopped. >> >> The driver, a 20-year-old young man wearing a Brioni >> suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban sunglasses and a YSL tie, >> leaned out of the window and asked the shepherd, "If I >> can tell you exactly how many sheep you have in your >> flock, will you give me one?" >> >> The shepherd looked at the young guy, then at his >> peacefully grazing flock, and calmly answered, "Sure." >> >> The young man parked his car, whipped out his notebook >> computer, connected it to a cell phone, surfed to a >> NASA page on the Internet where he called up a GPS >> satellite navigation system, scanned the area, then >> opened up a database and some Excel spreadsheets with >> complex formulas. He finally printed out a 150-page >> report on his hi-tech(?) turned around to our shepherd >> and said, "You have here exactly 1,586 sheep!" >> >> "Amazing! That's correct! Like I agreed, you can take >> one of my sheep," said the shepherd >> >> He watched the young guy make a selection and bundle >> it into his Cherokee. >> >> When he was finished the shepherd said, "If I can tell >> you exactly what your political persuasion is, where >> you're from and who you work for, will you give me my >> sheep back?" >> >> "Okay, why not," answered the young man."You're a >> Democrat from Palm Beach and you're working for Jesse >> Jackson," said the shepherd. >> >> "That's correct," said the young man. "How did you >> guess that?" >> >> "Easy," answered the shepherd. "Nobody called you, but >> you showed up here anyway. You want to be paid for the >> solution to a question I already knew the answer to. >> And, you don't know squat about my business because >> you just took my dog.